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GBuilders

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Posted: 09/08/13 02:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most of the new 5th wheel models have the fridge in the slide-outs but with no vents. How do they cool and freeze? I like to have ice cram when I camp but have heard that the freezers don't keep the ice cream very hard? I also notice that some are going with a residential fridge but how do they work while traveling?

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Posted: 09/08/13 02:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a residential fridge. It's great. 17+ cubic feet. Ice maker. Consistant temps. No need for vent holes in the side of the RV.

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We have residential refrigerator and love it. While traveling, it works on inverter. We turn inverter on when traveling and off when plugged in to shore power. The only downfall that I have found with a residential refrigerator is having to lock it for travel which makes it a bit more time consuming to get into when stop for a quick bite at rest stop. Ours locks with a long screw in knob between the fridge door and freezer door. It takes a minute or two to screw that thing in/out but I still love having the larger refrigerator so it's worth the trouble for me. Also, we make homemade icecream when camping. Our freezer freezes just like at home.


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Posted: 09/08/13 03:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Same here - Residential Fridge - no vent in the roof or sides. Inverter on the road and dry camping with no problems.


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Just a quick question for all who have residential Fridge.
Do you or have you ordered the residential Fridge and removed the
norcold Fridge that comes in most Fifth Wheels. Or just order the
residential Fridge. Sorry if i High Jacked the thread from the op.
Thank you for your replies,
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GBuilders wrote:

Most of the new 5th wheel models have the fridge in the slide-outs but with no vents.
No vents.. really? Mine is a big hole on the side of the slide.

* This post was edited 09/08/13 03:47pm by 2oldman *

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GBuilders wrote:

Most of the new 5th wheel models have the fridge in the slide-outs but with no vents. How do they cool and freeze? I like to have ice cram when I camp but have heard that the freezers don't keep the ice cream very hard? I also notice that some are going with a residential fridge but how do they work while traveling?

Thanks


Mine has 2 large vents in the side of the slide, top and bottom, of the fridge. It's not the freezer that's the problem, mine stays around 0 to 10. It's the fridge that gets warmer than I like, around 41-42. I want my beer at 33 deg.


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Posted: 09/08/13 03:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As pointed out by previous posters.......

Absorption fridges installed in slide outs have vents.......bottom and top side wall of slide out (no roof vent).

Air enters via bottom vent and exists via top vent. These type of installations typically have fans to help move cooling air across backside of fridge.
And if they don't....they should.

Proper air flow and the proper clearances/lack of dead air space are key to cooling.


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Installed a Samsung 197 here.


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Scott16 wrote:

Just a quick question for all who have residential Fridge.
Do you or have you ordered the residential Fridge and removed the
norcold Fridge that comes in most Fifth Wheels. Or just order the
residential Fridge. Sorry if i High Jacked the thread from the op.
Thank you for your replies,
Scott


We bought a unit from the dealers lot and it already had a residential refrigerator in it. Many of the units on the lot came with one so I am assuming they are dealer upgrades when ordering. Perhaps they have had many customers request them so they order them that way. I'm not real sure. When looking at brochures of my FW, I see that it has an option of either a larger stainless steel Refer (gas/electric) or residential upgrade.

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